Blogging & building internet things since 2005.
Since the early days of WordPress this site has been my creative playground.
- Why did blogs die off?
I read this essay a couple weeks ago and it really resonated with my relationship with blogging. It’s also a beautifully constructed, engaging page design worth checking out.
“The web today is built for apps—and I think we need to take it back.“Robin Rendle
Robin Rendle succinctly describes the death of blogs, the rise of newsletters, and the forgotten powers of ancient, dusty technologies like RSS readers.
Who still follows RSS feeds? Scrap that. Who still comments on blogs?
- Productivity hacks
- 5 years later…
5 years ago today, at around this very time, we sat eating Reuben sandwiches for breakfast in a fancy restaurant in Nolita, New York. Hashing out a new commercial agreement with fancy execs of one of the world’s largest online payment systems.
A few hours later, a neighbourhood across, we were in Matt’s apartment with the Automattic team. Laptops on laps, clicking the “publish” button on the news that WooCommerce was being acquired by Automattic.
It was a surreal, life-altering day that will forever be laser-etched in my memory bank.
5 years later I’m in a very different season of life, working with very different businesses. But I still proudly fly the Woo flag – high fiving the small wins and celebrating the big milestones.
Poetically, today WooCommerce is launching – WooCommerce Payments. Built upon a very mature partnership with another leading payments company – Stripe. Deeply integrated for all kinds of benefit to store owners.
A partnership so impressive that “you’ll end up paying the same fees when you use WooCommerce Payments or a custom Stripe integration.”
Moral of the story: Significance takes time to negotiate and is built on many short term successes.
How far WooCommerce has come. Well done to the Automattic team! Onwards and upwards 🚀